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CHICAGO (STMW) – The deaths Friday of four people in Chicago have been attributed at least in part to heat-related causes, bringing the total of heat-related deaths in Cook County this week to 10.

Pamela Dairyco, 65, of the 4900 block of West Fullerton Avenue, was pronounced dead at her home at 8:04 a.m. Friday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. An autopsy Saturday found that she died of heart disease, with contributing factors listed as chronic drug use and heat stress, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Mark Locerquist, 53, of the 1500 block of North Pulaski Road, was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center at 1:24 p.m. on Friday. An autopsy Saturday found that he died of heart disease and heat stress.

An unidentified man, believed to be in his 30s, was found unresponsive Friday at 2 S. Cicero Ave., according to the medical examiner’s office. He was pronounced at Loretto Hospital at 9 p.m. Friday. An autopsy Saturday found that he died of heat stroke.

Linda Figgures, 46, was found unresponsive at her home in the 6600 block of South Damen Avenue and pronounced dead at Holy Cross Hospital at 11:57 p.m. Friday. An autopsy Saturday found that she died of heat stroke, with obesity a contributing factor, the medical examiner’s office said.

The season’s previous heat-related deaths are:

Carmen Mercado, 81, of the 2000 block of West Superior Street, was found dead in her bedroom Thursday, according to the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy Friday determined she died of heart disease and heat stress, according to the medical examiner’s office, which noted that there was no air conditioning in the room she was discovered in.

Riley Kimble, 59, of the 1800 block of West Jackson Boulevard, was pronounced dead at 3:35 p.m. Thursday. An autopsy Friday found that he died of heart disease, with heat stress a contributing factor.

Another elderly woman, 91-year-old Pat Wong, also died in part because of heat stress, the medical examiner’s office said. Wong, of 4200 block of North Winchester Avenue, was pronounced dead at her home at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. An autopsy Friday found she died of heart disease, with diabetes and heat stress contributing factors.

Frank Proczek, 58, of 5000 block of South Western Avenue, was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center at 8:10 p.m. Thursday. An autopsy Friday found that he died of heart disease, with chronic alcoholism and heat stress as contributing factors.

On Thursday, autopsies confirmed the first two heat-related deaths of the season in Cook County, 53-year-old Eugene Burns of Maywood and 48-year-old Jon McCullough, of the North Side Ravenswood neighborhood.

The high temperature in Chicago on both Thursday and Friday was 103 degrees. Wednesday’s high was 102 degrees.

There were 16 heat-related deaths in Cook County in 2011.

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